Daily Archives: September 16, 2017

Gospel of the Day, September 17 (Matthew 18:21-35)

Gospel of the Day, September 17 (Matthew 18:21-35)

Gospel of the Day, September 17 (Matthew 18:21-35)

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused. Instead, he had him put in prison until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.”

Biertan:  Început de toamnă …

Biertan : Început de toamnă

Biertan: Început de toamnă

Double-collared Seedeater ( Sporophila caerulescens) Wild Bird

Double-collared Seedeater ( Sporophila caerulescens)Wild Bird

Double-collared Seedeater ( Sporophila caerulescens)

Wild Bird

 St. Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr (c. 210-258), is the Saint of the Day.

St. Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr (c. 210-258), is the Saint of the Day.

Cyprian was an African of noble birth, but of evil life, a pagan, and a teacher of rhetoric. In mid-life he was converted to Christianity, and shortly after his baptism was ordained priest, and made Bishop of Carthage, notwithstanding his resistance.
When the persecution of Decius broke out, he fled from his episcopal city, that he might be the better able to minister to the wants of his flock, but returned on occasion of a pestilence. Later on he was banished, and saw in a vision his future martyrdom.
Being recalled from exile, a death sentence was pronounced against him, which he received with the words “Thanks be to God.”
His great desire was to die whilst in the act of preaching the faith of Christ, and he had the consolation of being surrounded at his martyrdom by crowds of his faithful children.
He was beheaded on the 14th of September, 258, and was buried with great solemnity.

Two lovely loving birds!

 Gospel of the Day, September 16 ( Luke 6:43-49) Jesus said to his disciples : “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.

Gospel of the Day, September 16 ( Luke 6:43-49)

Jesus said to his disciples : “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.
Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?
I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them.
That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built.
But the one who listens and does not act is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”

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Gumbo Stew: from Wikipedia


Gumbo is a stew that may have originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century, possibly as a stew of the Choctaws served over corn grits. Gumbo consists primarily of a strongly-flavored stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and what Louisianians call the “Holy Trinity” of vegetables, namely celery, bell peppers, and onions. Gumbo is often categorized by the type of thickener used, the okra, the filé powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves), or roux, the French base made of flour and fat. The dish likely derived its name from either a word from a Bantu language for okra (ki ngombo) or the Choctaw word for filé (kombo).

For other uses, see Gumbo (disambiguation).
Quick facts: Region or state, Main ingredients …
Regardless of the name origins, gumbo can be made with or without okra or filé powder. The preferred method in the historical New Orleans variation is with a French dark roux. The flavor of the Louisiana state dish has its origin in many cultures.

Several different varieties exist. Creole gumbo generally contains shellfish, tomatoes, and a dark roux, filé, or both. Cajun gumbo is generally based on a dark roux and is made with shellfish or fowl. Sausage or ham is often added to gumbos of either variety. After the base is prepared, vegetables are cooked down, and then meat is added. The dish simmers for a minimum of three hours, with shellfish and some spices added near the end. If desired, filé powder is added after the pot is removed from heat. Gumbo is traditionally served over rice. A third, lesser-known variety, the meatless gumbo z’herbes, is essentially a gumbo of slow-cooked greens.

The dish combines ingredients and culinary practices of several cultures, including French, Spanish, German, Filipino, West African, and Choctaw. Gumbo may have been based on traditional West African or native dishes, or may be a derivation of the French dish bouillabaisse, or Choctaw stew, but most likely all three dishes contributed to the original recipe. It was first described in 1802, and was listed in various cookbooks in the latter half of the 19th century. The dish gained more widespread popularity in the 1970s, after the United States Senate dining room added it to the menu in honor of Louisiana Senator Allen Ellender. The popularity of chef Paul Prudhomme in the 1980s spurred further interest in the dish. Gumbo is the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana.

Scholars and chefs have offered various explanations for the etymology of the word “gumbo”. The dish was likely named after one of its two main ingredients, okra or filé. In the Niger-Congo languages spoken by many slaves from West Africa, the vegetable okra was known as ki ngombo or quingombo; the word is akin to the Umbundu ochinggômbo and the Tshiluba chinggômbô “okra”.

Gumbo over rice.

Gumbo Z’Herbes with Louisiana Hot Sauce and File Powder.

Quiet winter night by the lake

Quiet winter night by the lake

Quiet winter night by the lake

My birds on the wire today

My birds on the wire today

My birds on the wire today

My Duck today

My Duck today

My Duck today

Today’s Holiday: Mexico Festival of Independence

Today’s Holiday:
Mexico Festival of Independence

At 11 o’clock on the night of September 15 in Mexico City, the president appears on the balcony of the National Palace and proclaims the famous Grito de Dolores (“cry of Dolores”)—the “call to freedom” that the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla used to rouse the peasant population to fight for their independence in 1810. The people respond by cheering Viva México! and shooting off fireworks. The following day is Independence Day, which is celebrated with fireworks, the ringing of cathedral bells, and a huge military parade. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: B.B. King (1925)

Today’s Birthday:
B.B. King (1925)

A singer and guitarist born into a sharecropping family in the Mississippi Delta region of the US, King began playing guitar at 12. He worked as a radio DJ in Memphis before coming to prominence as a guitarist in 1952. He has toured widely, averaging over 300 shows a year for nearly 30 years. King famously named his guitar Lucille after a woman who inspired a fight at one of his concerts that ended with the venue burning down. King’s first name is Riley. What does B.B. stand for? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Montreal Protocol Signed to Protect the Ozone Layer (1987)

This Day in History:
Montreal Protocol Signed to Protect the Ozone Layer (1987)

The Montreal Protocol was enacted in response to the discovery that the ozone layer—which shields life on Earth from harmful radiation—was diminishing. Signed by the majority of the world’s nations, the treaty mandates the decreased use of ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and has been amended several times based on new scientific data. By 1993, CFC production had dropped dramatically. If the agreement is followed, the ozone layer is expected to recover by what year? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Francis Bacon

Quote of the Day:
Francis Bacon

Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Domes

Article of the Day:

Common structural elements in buildings around the globe, domes were first constructed atop primitive huts using sticks and mud. Their full architectural potential was not realized, however, until the 6th-century Byzantine architects of Constantinople’s Hagia Sophia perfected the use of pendentives—triangular sections of vaulting that form the transition between circular domes and their polygonal supporting structures. Not all domes are perfectly circular. When was the first oval dome built? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: leather-lunged

Idiom of the Day:

(used before a noun) Having an extremely or inordinately loud or strong voice, as of someone with very robust lungs. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: cogitation

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) Thoughtful consideration; meditation.
Synonyms: study
Usage: After much cogitation he rejected the offer, deciding instead to pursue his dream of becoming an artist.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

” Flora ” 1515-1517 By Titian ( Tiziano Vecellio ) At Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze, Italia

” Flora ” 1515-1517
By Titian ( Tiziano Vecellio )
At Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze, Italia

Lacul Călțun, Munții Făgăraș Foto: Comșa Bogdan www.facebook.com/COMSABOGDAN2016/

Lacul Călțun, Munții FăgărașFoto: Comșa Bogdanwww.facebook.com/COMSABOGDAN2016/

Lacul Călțun, Munții Făgăraș

Foto: Comșa Bogdan

Beautiful photos: ghețarul de la Peşters SCĂRIŞOARA (COMŞA

Beautiful photos:  ghețarul de la Peştera SCĂRIŞOARA (COMŞA

Ghețarul de la Scărișoara, Alba

Foto: Comșa Bogdan

the River Seine; Claude Monet

the River Seine; Claude Monet

https://www.facebook.com/MiaFeigelson – Claude Monet – Mia Feigelson Gallery
Van Gogh & his Contemporaries: the River Seine; Claude Monet #VanGoghContemporaries
“Spot on the banks of the Seine”, 1881
By Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)
oil on canvas
Private Collection

8 ore pân-la Cabana Urlea: de pe la Breaza Făgăraşului

8 ore pân-la Cabana Urlea: de pe la Breaza Făgăraşului

8 ore pân-la Cabana Urlea: de pe la Breaza Făgăraşului

” The Holy Family ” C 1540 By Agnolo Brozino At Galleria degli Uffizi , Firenze , Italia

” The Holy Family ” C 1540
By Agnolo Brozino
At Galleria degli Uffizi , Firenze , Italia

De pe la Breaza Făgăraşului : Bună dimineața !

De pe la Breaza Făgăraşului : Bună dimineața

De pe la Breaza Făgăraşului : Bună dimineața!

From France 24 :  Prime Minister Theresa May put Britain on the highest security level of “critical” late on Friday, meaning an attack may be imminent

Prime Minister Theresa May put Britain on the highest security level of “critical” late on Friday, meaning an attack may be imminent, and soldiers and armed police deployed to secure strategic sites and hunt down the perpetrators.
The home-made bomb shot flames through a packed commuter train during the Friday morning rush hour in west London but apparently failed to detonate fully.
“We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning,” said Neil Basu, Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing.
“Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical.”
The arrest was made in the port area of Dover, where passenger ferries sail to France.
The blast on the London tube train at the Parsons Green underground station was the fifth major terrorism attack in Britain this year and was claimed by Islamic State.
Soldiers deployed
Britain deployed hundreds of soldiers at strategic sites such as nuclear power plants and ministry of defence sites on Saturday to free up armed police to help in the hunt for those behind the bombing.
The last time Britain was put on “critical” alert was after a man killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May. Prior to that it had not been triggered since 2007.
“For this period, military personnel will replace police officers on guard duties at certain protected sites,” May said in a televised statement.
“The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets providing extra protection. This is a proportionate and sensible step which will provide extra reassurance and protection while the investigation progresses.”
The bomb struck as passengers were travelling to the centre of the British capital. Some suffered burns and others were injured in a stampede to escape from the station, one of the above-ground stops on the underground network. Health officials said none was thought to be in a serious condition.
Pictures taken at the scene showed a slightly charred white plastic bucket with wires coming out of the top in a supermarket shopping bag on the floor of a train carriage.
“I was on the second carriage from the back. I just heard a kind of ‘whoosh’. I looked up and saw the whole carriage engulfed in flames making its way towards me,” Ola Fayankinnu, who was on the train, told Reuters.
“There were phones, hats, bags all over the place and when I looked back I saw a bag with flames.”
The Islamic State militant group have claimed other attacks in Britain this year, including two in London and the pop concert in Manchester.
It was not immediately possible to verify the claim about Parsons Green, for which Islamic State’s news agency Amaq offered no evidence.
Western intelligence officials have questioned similar claims in the past, saying that while Islamic State’s jihadist ideology may have inspired some attackers, there is scant evidence that it has orchestrated attacks.

Quantifying damage…BBC News: Parsons Green: Armed police search house over Tube bombing

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Parsons Green: Armed police search house over Tube bombing – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41292528